US prosecutors pull encrypted messages from phones seized in Cohen raids

Michael Avenatti Stormy Daniels's attorney leaves a New York federal courthouse in April

Michael Cohen, U.S. President Donald Trump's former personal lawyer, on Friday lost his bid for an emergency gag order to stop Michael Avenatti, a lawyer for adult film actress Stormy Daniels, from maligning him in frequent media appearances.

Michael Cohen, personal attorney and self-described "fixer" for President Donald Trump, is in need of a new legal team as he splits with McDermott Will & Emery LLP, according to media reports Wednesday.

President Donald Trump said Friday that he's not anxious about his longtime lawyer, Michael Cohen, flipping on him.

Friday's filing indicates that the government and Cohen's lawyers have agreed to a June 25 deadline for Cohen's team to examine the new material, which also includes new data recovered from a Blackberry that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had only recently been able to access. Cohen has until June 25 to review the materials and make any claims of attorney-client privilege; after that, any messages he claims are protected will be reviewed by the Special Master, retired federal judge Barbara Jones.

Trump said he hasn't spoken with Cohen in a while. Trump has posted "incendiary tweets" about the case to his 52 million followers, Avenatti has said, including claims that Clifford's assertions are "false and extortionist" and that he'd sue her for $20 million.

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Cohen bolstered his claim by citing U.S. District Judge Kimba Wood in NY, who is presiding over Cohen's request for a review of materials seized in the Federal Bureau of Investigation raid.

The probe into Cohen stems in part from a referral by Special Counsel Robert Mueller, who is investigating whether there was any coordination between associates of Trump's 2016 election campaign and Russian Federation.

Cohen paid Daniels $130,000 days before the 2016 election as part of a non-disclosure agreement to prevent the porn star from publicly discussing her alleged sexual encounter with Trump.

In a June 15 letter to Judge Kimba Wood obtained by Politico, US government attorneys say that "the contents of a shredding machine were seized on April 9, 2018". Wood said in a one-page order that she's considering the request and will postpone the deadline until she rules on it.

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